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Jeff Pagels

Board Member

Ski for Light Inc

HQ Phone:  (612) 827-3232

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Ski for Light Inc

1455 West Lake Street

Minneapolis, Minnesota,55408

United States

Company Description

Ski for Light, Inc. is an all-volunteer, non-profit, organization founded in 1975. The goal of the organization is to teach blind, visually- and mobility-impaired adults how to cross-country ski, in an atmosphere that encourages participants to recognize that ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

Desert Ice


Affiliations

Pagels

Founder


U.S. Disabled Ski Team

Member


Education

Lincoln High School


BS

Resource Management

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


MS

Public Administration

UW-Green Bay


Web References(48 Total References)


Ski for Light Bulletin Spring 2016

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Jeff Pagels, John Peiffer, and Doug and Lynda Boose had made their way to Shanty Creek in March, 2015, in order to work with the resort's general manager, Pete Bickford, and later, with Shanty Creek's groomer to optimize SFL's skiing experience.
On the wall of my office hangs a poster of one of my mentors, Jeff Pagels, towing a sled full of gear while donning a full pack up a mountain, on a sit-ski. I've looked at that poster every day for the past 15+ years. It says "Always Climb Higher!"- Jeff Pagels, Adventurer (Also the title of his recently published book). Hmm... maybe I can sit-ski this year!! The first night at SFL is brimming with excitement.


The History of Ski for Light

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The program for mobility-impaired skiers was almost dead, but a first-time participant, Jeff Pagels, decided it was worth continuing.
Jeff had been a high-competition athlete and had only recently been injured. He found SFL to be his way to ski and compete again. He subsequently became one of the premier sit skiers in world competition. Through his enthusiasm and creativity the SFL sit ski program was reborn Sculptor Bill Osmundsen worked during the week in the lobby of the Sheraton Four Points Hotel creating a clay model of his new motif "Sit Skier" which was developed with Jeff Pagels who provided his expertise on the sit ski Despite the two bad years at Telemark, and with the encouragement from Jeff Pagels, SFL decided to take a chance on northern Wisconsin again. Beginning sometime in the early 90's, Jeff Pagels secured major support from JanSport.


www.sfl.org

The program for mobility-impaired skiers was almost dead, but a first-time participant, Jeff Pagels, decided it was worth continuing.
Jeff had been a high-competition athlete and had only recently been injured. He found SFL to be his way to ski and compete again. He subsequently became one of the premier sit skiers in world competition. Through his enthusiasm and creativity the SFL sit ski program was reborn. Sculptor Bill Osmundsen worked during the week in the lobby of the Sheraton Four Points Hotel creating a clay model of his new motif "Sit Skier" which was developed with Jeff Pagels who provided his expertise on the sit ski. Despite the two bad years at Telemark, and with the encouragement from Jeff Pagels, SFL decided to take a chance on northern Wisconsin again. Beginning sometime in the early 90's, Jeff Pagels secured major support from JanSport.


www.sfl.org

Jeff Pagels, coordinator of Ski for Light's sit-ski program, and Michele Drolet, who learned cross-country skiing at SFL in 1982, both brought back medals from the Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway.
While Jeff won Paralympic gold two years ago in Albertville, France, Michele's bronze was a milestone; she became the first U.S. female athlete, disabled or able-bodied, to win a medal in Olympic cross-country skiing. Jeff, who concedes he's his own worst critic, noted that the competition this year wasn't as much fun. As the reigning world champion of sit-skiing from the 1992 Paralympic Games at Albertville, Jeff says "it was hard this time being the target everyone else wanted to knock off." In the 5k, 10k and 15k, Jeff won the silver, seconds behind the gold medalist in each class, the same Frenchman. "At the medals ceremony, I was getting a little sick of hearing the French national anthem," Jeff recalled in mock exasperation. "No excuses for me." Jeff and Michele said they found the Norwegians especially gracious and hospitable--more than 8,000 of them (including a fair number of SFL participants) turned out to cheer on the Paralympians. Says Jeff: "The Norwegians respect the sport and the ability of the athlete, no matter what country we're from." Both athletes put much of their everyday lives on hold, spending hundreds of hours training for the big event. Jeff, who is 45, works for the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources, specializing in accessibility of recreation areas. He says he plans to retire for two years, which will give him enough time to consider the 1997 world cross-country race that will include both able-bodied and disabled athletes and the 1998 Paralympics in Japan. The immediate future holds a fishing trip for walleye for Jeff and his two sons.


www.sfl.org

For MIPs, it's Jeff Pagels at jeff@sfl.org No, this is not the first mountain Jeff has summited, but this climb marks the end of a ten-year quest for the top of this mountain.Mt. Bross stands 14,173 feet high, and is located some twenty miles south of Breckenridge, Colorado. Jeff first attempted this mountain back in July of 1995, accompanied by, among others, newly-weds, Scott and Brenda bertrand, who postponed their honeymoon to join him.After about 3 yards up the mountain, Pagels got a rude awakening; namely, that he couldn't make it up these mountains in his sports chair without serious help from his friends.Despite some amazing teamwork, the summit eluded the group, as it did once again, on a second attempt in 2004. But late this summer, with better equipment, more time, and Jeff's continued determination (not to mention a willingness to take a battering in the effort), Jeff made it to the top under his own power. After a surprise bottle of champagne lugged up by one of his teammates, followed by a grueling descent on a hand cycle mountain climber with no shocks, Pagels declared himself ready for the next adventure, whatever that might be. Congratulations, Jeff; keep up the good work and the adventurous spirit!


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